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November 2016 MSP Audio Geeks meetup

Tuesday, November 15th

November's MSP Audio Geeks meetup is Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30pm at the Pavek Museum. We will be joining the Audio Society of Minnesota for a DAC shootout. Thanks to Oliver Masciarotte for coordinating!

From the website:
"On November 15th, attendees of the ASM/MSP Audio Geeks joint meeting will get a rare opportunity to directly compare several DACs in true A/B/X listening tests. We will also have a MQA-certified DAC on hand, Mytek’s Brooklyn, for non-encoded/non-decoded and decoded listening tests with a variety of program material.

Bring your HRA files, on a flash drive please, along with your DAC for possible inclusion in the testing. We hope to see you there!

Join us at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in St. Louis Park for an evening of in depth discussion and listening. Attendance is free for all, and light refreshments will be on hand. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM, and, as always we encourage you to join us at 6:30 for more casual conversation.

Refreshments are served; guests, visitors, and new members are welcome to attend.

Join: Individuals may join the ASM at any time by paying the annual dues of $25 at any meeting. Club dues for those who join after our December break are just $15.

To find out more, check out their website at or their Facebook page at

Invite your friends and join us for an evening of audio geekery! Feel free to BYOB. If you are planning to attend, please email mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com.

Date: Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Pavek Museum
3517 Raleigh Avenue
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Click here for a Google map
Parking: There is a parking lot on the south side of the building in front of the main entrance.
Metro Transit: The Pavek Museum is accessible via local bus route #17. Please visit for more information.
Cost: While there is normally an admission fee for the musuem, there is no fee to attend this meeting. The collection will be open, though the lights may not be on. Donations to the museum are always appreciated if you are so inclined.

Sound Design Contest

Enter by November 14th

A Sound Effect is hosting a sound design contest, in which you could win sound effects from Mattia Cellotto.

More information about the prizes, contest, and how to enter at

Mpls-St. Paul Studio Nerds Facebook group

Audio geek discussions galore!

If you are looking for another online outlet for meeting others in the audio world, check out the Mpls-St. Paul Studio Nerds Facebook group.

From the group's description:
"This is a space for all the Mpls-St. Paul folk (current or former) who spend a lot of time in the studio. This is a place for engineers, producers, songwriters, and session guys and gals to talk gear, share techniques, encourage each other, network, and collaborate."

If you're not yet a member, simply request to join the group and an admin will add you. With 500 people in the group, it's a great place to share ideas, learn from each other, and meet new people.

Designing Sound Seeks Correspondents

Back in April Designing Sound enjoyed an overwhelming response to their call for contributing editors. Based on that response they have created an opportunity for even more people to become involved as a correspondent.

From the website:
"The correspondent role is a way for you to get involved on your own time and at your own pace. You can’t directly publish on your own, but you also don’t have the regular responsibilities and requirements that we ask of the contributing editors. You’ll be given a login for the site, which will allow you to come here and write your article, upload and link to media, and generally get your article formatted and prepped for release. You’ll submit those articles to the editorial team for review, and we’ll get them into our schedule for posting. You can write about the monthly themes, or go off in your own direction…preferably not more than once a month. What you choose to share with the community (within reason) is up to you."

If you are interested in learning more and applying, read more here.

Job Postings

We stumbled across some job postings and wanted to pass them along here. Good luck!
  • MMI is hiring an instructor for live sound. If you're interested, see the job posting here.

  • Hypberbolic Audio in New York, NY is hiring a post production audio engineer. See the job posting here.

  • "Sledgehammer Games is looking for a passionate and experienced game Sound Designer to help create a fresh new AAA aural experience for our next project. You will be involved in virtually every aspect of game audio content development alongside one of the most passionate and experienced audio teams in the industry."
    Read the description here. They are also hiring an Associate Sound Designer.

  • The Woodbury campus of Eagle Brook Church is hiring a full-time FOH engineer. If you love the art of mixing, working with professional musicians, and partnering with other full time production staff to create amazing experiences, this could be a great fit for you. To learn more and submit an application, send an email to productionteam at eaglebrookchurch dot com.

  • CheerSounds is seeking full-time remote producers who are Pro Tools savvy. CheerSounds is the world’s leading music production company for cheerleading and competitive dance music. They specialize in high energy/aggressive content--Pop/EDM/Trap related genres are right up their alley. Contact Phoebe Danskin if you are interested in learning more & applying for the position.

Are we missing a job listing? Let us know via email at mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com.

Cool stuff from around the web

  • Raspberry Pi LED record-finder
    We came across this great idea to make finding a record quick & easy. And it makes a cool LED display to boot! Check it out here
  • Behind the Scenes at The Current studios
    The Current recently released a fun sneak peak behind the curtain of their live sessions, featuring some of your fellow audio geeks!
    "What makes the live sessions at The Current sound as good as they do? Take a peek behind the scenes with four of the people who make a live session sound as amazing as your favorite album and as effortless as a walk in the park."
  • Physical Music Format Evolution
    Check out this cool interactive timeline showing the evolution of physical music formats.
  • Funklet
    Here's a cool educational tool that lets you manipulate drum patterns from classic songs or create your own patterns:
  • Radio drama staircase
    For all you Foley artists & fans out there, here's a staircase design for you to consider!
  • Recording studio construction in photos
    Oakland, CA studio 25th Street Recording recently shared some photos of their construction & build process. You can check it out here.
  • Inside Abbey Road
    Google teamed up with Abbey Road Studios to a cool interactive inside look at the studio. Grab your favorite pair of headphones and check it out!

Industry Events


Designing Sound Event Calendar

Are you looking for other events locally, nationally, and regionally that you don't see listed here? Check out the Designing Sound events calendar that lists all kinds of audio geek events.

Recording Summit

November 11-13, 2016
Welcome to 1979
Nashville, TN

Chris Mara and the Welcome to 1979 crew are hosting the 9th annual recording summit at their studio in Nashville, TN. This is a great event with cool events and panels. If you've never checked it out, it's well worth the trip!

Here's a teaser of what to expect from this year's summit:

  • A Direct to Vinyl Master session for the Friday night kick off party, (artist TBA). Records will be pressed the following morning and available that afternoon!
  • Saturday Night’s listening party will be Purple Rain with an interview of Susan Rogers by Larry Crane (Tape Op).
  • Demonstrations of our new vinyl electroplating facility.
  • Our own on site hotdog stand for lunches, with proceeds going to the local food shelf.
  • Much more to come!

Registration is open now, and at just $200 ($150 for students) is a great deal. This event is limited to 60 attendees and will sell out, so buy your ticket now! You can learn more about the summit at

GDC 2017

February 27-March 3, 2017
San Francisco, CA

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world's largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event. The GDC attracts over 26,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry. The GDC is produced by the UBM Tech Game Network. Learn more and stay updated at


April 21-23, 2017
The Westin O'Hare
Rosemont, IL

AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) is the defining high-end consumer audio show in the United States. The three day experience features multiple hotel floors packed with listening rooms, exhibit floors, seminars and live musical performances. Whether you’re a serious audiophile, a new comer to high-end audio or simply a music lover, you’ll find everything you need to immerse yourself in your favorite sounds.

The event features over 110 high fidelity listening rooms, providing guests the enviable opportunity to experience the newest technology in high-end consumer audio products. Attendees are encouraged to go from room to room and sit, listen and compare the various systems. The Marketplace and Ear Gear Expo play host to thousands of products and accessories from cables to headphones to LPs and SACDs.

AES Upper Midwest

Are you a member of the AES? Then check out the Upper Midwest Section website to see a list of the current officers, read the blog, participate in the forum, and more.

If you are a not an AES member but are interested in joining, click here for more information.

Pink Noise

Pink Noise is a cool online magazine brought to you by editors Catherine Vericolli and Allen Farmelo. It features interviews, technical papers, essays, and more. We think you should check it out!

Peruse their website at, like them on Facebook:, and follow them on Twitter:

Recording Studio Rockstars Podcast

Many of you know fellow audio geek Chris Mara as the owner of Welcome to 1979 in Nashville, TN. He was recently featured on the Recording Studio Rockstars podcast. Vinyl mastering engineer Cameron Henry, also of Welcome to 1979, was also interviewed. You can check out Chris's episode here and Cameron's episode here.

Vinyl Emergency Podcast

If you're into vinyl, then you should check out Vinyl Emergency, a new podcast hosted by Jim Hanke. He and "a wide range of guests discuss vinyl records as well as the lives of those who collect, create or commemorate them."

You can subscribe in iTunes here, and in other RSS readers here.

Do you have news to share?

We are happy to help promote your events, announcements, gear sales, and other audio-related news. Send an email to mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com with the pertinent information, including any links and images you'd like included. Please keep it brief!

Get involved!

Do you enjoy attending the monthly meetups and reading about audio-related happenings in each newsletter? The MSP Audio Geeks strives to provide a fun community for sound and music-minded people and is always open to your input to make it what you want it to be. If you'd like to help out by contributing content to the monthly emails and/or the website, assisting in arranging and promoting monthly meetups, or some other idea you have, we welcome your help. If you're interested in getting more involved, drop a line to mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com.
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